Summer Institute for Marine Science at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve


Students with an interest in marine science are invited to participate in a very special opportunity to learn about the coastal environment with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers during the Summer Institute for Marine Science. This four day program brings students into the estuary for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability and citizen science.


Even more fun at Rookery Bay!

A visit to Rookery Bay has so much fun in store for Kids & Families. Visit our Environmental Learning Center, Explore Rookery Bay with Nature Tours by Boat & Kayak, or take in a lecture.

Summer Institute for Marine Science

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SIMS offers students an in depth look at the mission and efforts of the Reserve, visits to surrounding areas of the Western Everglades and exposure to research and monitoring of local wildlife.

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The Summer Institute for Marine Science is for students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Space is limited to 12 students and registration is required. For questions, email Jeannine or call 239-530-5989.

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Thank You!

This program was made possible with funding support from the Friends of Rookery Bay!

Explore with Us!

Guided Boat Tours

Discover Rookery Bay’s extraordinary wildlife on one of our naturalist guided kayak tours. Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests and provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins.